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Q.Cut Down Pencil Cactus.. Small Dead Twigs On Ground Are They Toxic To Puppy

Zone 85367 | rollie.nan added on November 9, 2021 | Answered

Cannot get all small dead Twigs up. Are they toxic when dead and brittle

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Answered on November 10, 2021

It's the sap or latex that is irritating to the mouth and stomach and can cause vomiting. After extensive research, I couldn't find elaboration on whether the irritant exists after the plant is dead and brittle, but I would suspect the danger is greatly reduced. (However, I did read that you can still get poison ivy when the plant is dead.)

I would err on the side of caution and put soil, pebbles, or mulch on the area where the twigs fell and steer the puppy clear of the area.


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